I watched a little 9 year-old boy's cries Saturday but they weren't tears of sadness, they were tears of joy. Braden Hobley had met his hero. We need those and Bernard has a really good one.
It didn't start well for Benjamin Carson. He was a failure in school; just another poor boy from the other side of the tracks and he was headed to no good until his mother said "no."
"We could watch two or three TV shows but with all that extra time, we would pick two books, read them and submit a book report."
Benjamin discovered that he loved to learn and he got a scholarship to Yale. He went to med school and at just 33 years-old, he became the youngest neurosurgeon in the history of John Hopkins University. Benjamin did things with brain surgery that no one had ever even tried. In 1987, he shocked the world by successfully separating two Siamese twins who were joined at the head. All the while, he kept a humble spirit and a deep faith in God and a fierce belief in traditional American values of self reliance and personal responsibility.
"We need to move away from this mentality that is infecting the nation. The what can you do for me and get back to the can do mentality that propelled this nation to the pinnacle of the world in record time" says Benjamin.
It has been in record time that Dr. Carson has exploded onto the national political arena. He is now a regular on national talk shows. He's sometimes berated for his conservative leanings but he's more often applauded as they did this Saturday at the Word of God Ministries weekend for men event. His message there was "you are responsible for you, no one else."
"You don't have to be shaped by your society or by your culture"
He is an inspiration to all African Americans because it doesn't matter where you come from, you still have a way to make it in this life. And, if you do it God's way, it's impossible to fail.
"Some people think God is mean and controlling but that's not true. He gives you rules because He loves you just like you give a 3 year-old rules like don't go running out in the street. God knows, we pay attention to His rules and when we live by His guidelines, we excel."